January 8, 2016

January blues

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Happy 2016 everyone, hope it’s been kind to you so far!

I tend to find myself in limbo land first week after new year every year, and never felt the energic kickstart with blank pages you’re supposed to fill with a better version of you in every area. Instead I’ve been working my ways through a pile of movies, hardly had a green leaf on my plate and I can’t recall where I placed my running shoes weeks ago, there you go, January blues.
Sartorial wise I’ve not been far away either, but as always great knits and cashmere can uplift many things dull and will be what I will stick to for a little longer, until spring inspiration finally kicks in and days visible longer, may it be soon!

Jeans by MiH (on 40% sale), knit dress by Stella McCartney (on 50% sale), old coat, bag by Guema Barnaba, gold diamond necklace by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen, shoes by Chanel.

December 17, 2015

The new December…

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It feels like I’m repeating myself every winter, but every year with even stronger reason though, what happened to our traditional winter? We should all getting slightly worried environmentally wise as we all know, but from a pure sartorial and shallow point of view I’m certainly not complaining about the new 15 degrees December month.

Knits as outerwear has become my new December, and the latest specimen to my knitwear collection (an addict!) is this wool jumper by Preen, found at an online retailer I recently discovered, The Cult & Classic, which offers a great edit of just the latter, well picked cool seasonal pieces next to the classics we always look for by well known brands.
However, having the above said I might need to eat my own words any day soon, but until then…

Wool jumper by Preen, velvet flares by MiH (also here), bag by Chloe (also herehere and here), belt by Gucci (also here & here), diamond earring by Orit Elhanati and stud diamond by Stone, boots by Chloe, diamond rings by Monica Vinader and DeBeers.

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December 9, 2015

Uniform

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Shapes and hemlines come and go, but I personally like to think I’m rather unaffected most of the time. I keep on repeating my long going love for cropped flares and all things comfortable knitted, cause it’s about knowing what you’re about instead of ticking all boxes. At the end of the day it’s down to great basics that works with everything, my forever mantra.

It would be silly trying to intellectualise the above, there’s no formula for casual flare and feeling comfortable, except get dressed with your heart and not head.
Wishing you a glorious mid week everyone!

Jumpsuit by Dagmar, mohair knit by Ganni, coat by Stella McCartney (also here & here), bag by Guema Barnaba, shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood (also here & here), gold and diamond earring by Orit Elhanati.

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November 12, 2015

Fall leaves

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It’s mid November and so far we’re reliving another mild London fall, bare pins during winter months have become the new normal and I’m not to complain. Transitional dressing will always be a favourite, and allows easy fun layering instead of total wrapping. As part of my conscious choice of not wearing jeans all the time I actively remind myself to wear dresses and skirts as often as I can, we all know chilly winds can put an end to that any day soon.

Soft knitted dresses aside, the Irish designer, who once stated he hated to design dresses and evening wear, J.W. Anderson, has become my go-to for interesting, allrounder-dresses that works equally well daytime as evening, with trainers, flats or heels, even layered over shirts, knits or trousers. Probably it’s exactly his vision and ideology the reason why I’ve personally felt drawn to his dress creations. Farfetch always has a great selection by the designer and they tend to sell quickly (see here), but Resort 2016 drops are just around the corner, so stay tuned!

Dress by J.W. Anderson, suede coat by Mango (similar here), earrings by Isabel Marant, boots by Chloe, bag by Charlotte Olympia.

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November 10, 2015

Dungarees…

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Being a lover of overalls and one-pieces, I love dungarees, come and go trends, they always feel current. I rediscovered my love for them during my pregnancy a few years ago (cliche!), but since my baby bump has gone my collection has grown rapidly in various styles.
This season my absolute favourite pair are these by Citizens of Humanity, with a perfect fit and wash, flattering wide legs, and not flared to the extreme(!). I’ve been living in mine this fall and have no plans of moving out very soon either. Dungarees and overalls are for all ages if you ever imagined any limits, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, tata!!

Dungarees by Citizens of Humanity (also herehere and here), wool knit by Stella McCartney (also here), leather biker by Balenciaga (also here), boots by Chloe, suede bag by Jimmy Choo (different versions here), silver earring by Annelise Michelson, iPhone case by Charlotte Olympia, diamond rings by Monica Vinader and DeBeers.

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October 27, 2015

A-list

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Being a total knit nerd and a lover of “one pieces”, any well shaped dress that comes in the softest cashmere are to me clear favourites and certainly dominating on my wardrobe shelves. They’ve become my go-to’s on early morning drop offs, and any other occasions when the level of creativity hasn’t peaked, along with late evenings out. At the end of the day I’m a comfortable dresser, and what could compete with cosy knit dresses? This cosy A-shaped piece have been around since June, but still available in stores, a total keeper!

Cashmere dress by Proenza Schouler (also here, here and here), boots by Saint Laurent (in black here), bag by Balenciaga (also here), diamond rings by Monica Vinader and DeBeers, and gold necklace by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen.

September 29, 2015

Ruffles

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It’s not often I jump on the print wagon, and certainly not when the colour red is involved, but it was love at first sight back in February, when then Gucci’s newly appointed Creative Director Alessandro Michele, served us geeky-chic seventies vibes and ruffles, that instantly got me onboard.

I’ve been wearing this floral ensemble, signed by the latter, already more than many others of my wardrobe treasures, and will keep on trying for different ways, though varieties are not endless. Anyway, layering over trousers was not invented yesterday, but that’s just what I will do this season to get the most out of my favourite dresses, shorter and longer hems.
And then you’ve got the ruffles… Be prepared, it’s gonna be one of the key trend words come 2016.

Silk dress by Gucci, velvet trousers by MiH, bag by Chloé, watch by Isabel Marant, diamond bangle by DeBeers and shoes by Celine.

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September 24, 2015

Back to school

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It’s been long.
It’s September and half way in through Fashion Week month.
I’m not kicking off a new season with excuses for not being able to update this space for long, but rather say I’m glad to be back!

If the latter can be said about summer being over and done is a different story, but I’m certainly gonna get my bare legs out there as long as they don’t turn blue, feeling in no rush to cover up just yet in heavy fall pieces. Great knits are always perfect for transitional dressing and this gorgeously soft cashmere jumper (!) and leather skirt, both by Danish label 2NDDAY, kept me perfectly adjusted for a busy, sunny day on the run during London Fashion Week.
There’s a jungle of Scandinavian brands out there but you can safely add 2NDDAY to your radar, with edgy contemporary cuts, high quality, not too frightening price points, and great collections to come throughout the year. Available on 2NDDAY.com and very exclusive.co.uk.

See you all very soon, we are back to school!!

Leather skirt and cashmere knit by 2ndDay (in stores in January 2016), suede shoes by Chloé, Ray-Ban’s, clutch by Balenciaga, iPhone case by Charlotte Olympia, diamond rings by Monica Vinader and diamond buffalo by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen.

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August 4, 2015

In the city…

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Hello August, hope summer’s been treating you well so far, I’ve been saving up mine to enjoy to the fullest for the weeks ahead, saving the best to last.

While many of you probably had the chance to glide around in bikinis and easy summer dresses by now, my sartorial choices have been adapted to a not so hot city summer, which in a way has it’s perks, having had the chance to jump into new fall pieces without looking totally misplaced. As I haven’t yet tired of high waisted buttoned up skirts this A-line skirt by Chloe will surely become a wardrobe favourite come cooler months, but lets hope the latter will delay a little shall we.

Top by Ganni, skirt by Chloe, shoes by Miu Miu (similar Miu Miu style here), bag by Chloe (similar mini style by Saint Laurent here), necklaces by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen and DeBeers.

July 17, 2015

Forward…

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Hoping you all had a glorious sartorial summer so far, not too tight, formal or dark, but rather light, loose and relaxed. Personally I’ve always seen myself a basics kind of girl, and especially with all juggling this year it has proven to be true. More often than ever before I’ve reached out for chilled classics rather than making a statement, and it somehow all makes sense when time is squeezed, knowing your “style” simplify things, forget about ticking all boxes, at the end of the day most of us live real lives…

One of my best new summer tip, except booking yourself on a dreamy happy getaway, are MiH’s new Linda jeans inspired by Linda McCartney. Seriously the best chilled, high waisted jeans I’ve ever come across, mind you good old Levis’ 501, but if you girls have been searching high and low too, these are the ones!

Jeans by MiH (also here), shirt by Ganni, sandals by &OtherStories, bag by Chloe (other colours here and here), sunglasses by Acne, watch by Isabel Marant, earring by Melissa Joy Manning, diamond necklace by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen.

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It’s been long, way too long since last updates, but without saying more it will change soon. Please don’t believe for a second there’s lost motivation behind, but rather a careful thoughtful step back on how to keep things growing forward, while balancing the essence from the beginning, a challenge in most areas we all know. I’m also looking for a PA, could that be you? Please inbox me on “the-northernlight@hotmail.com”. xx

June 7, 2015

Breaking patterns

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It occurred to me the other day that we’re already in June, though April and May always have a tendency to slip through my fingers, the unawareness this time around is that juggling too many things at once, has led to my autopilot taking the lead, however I’m immensly happy to be equipped by one when overloaded.

It’s time for a change though, and sartorial-wise I’m feeling in the mood of trying on new elements. Being a “femasculine minimalist” at heart I rarely step outside that territory, and I believe I’m not alone. In a conscious attempt of releasing myself from knits and monochromes, I’m into exploring new shapes and prints without investing too much on my side trip. Newly launched brand Finery offers just that with highstreet price points(!), contemporary designs, with a little playfulness, like this jumpsuit for instance, that I’m gonna wear to bits this summer!!
You can also find a great selection of new pieces in the edit on Finery London.

Jumpsuit by Finery, shoes by Jimmy Choo, bag by Chloé (find a selection of Chloé bags here), watch by Isabel Marant, gold necklaces by DeBeers, TomWood and Marlene Juhl Jørgensen, diamond rings by Monica Vinader, claw ring by Maria Nilsdotter.

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May 26, 2015

The midi…

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Being a casual denim girl at heart dresses are not exactly dominating my hangers, however being a lover of one pieces it makes perfect sense to make some room for them. I won’t put my forces on little party numbers or couture but simple midi dresses that works 24/7. I happened to like the dress above so much I decided to get it with prints too, that I would wear with a cashmere knit and sneakers on the go. Thumbs up for versatile one pieces, one of my active steps to declutter a hopelessly unorganised wardrobe situation.
Though a pair of pretty courts would perhaps had been the obvious choice with a pretty dress like this, I broke up the prettiness with my granny heels by Celine, fugly indeed, but love’em!!

Dress by Max Mara (skirt version here), shoes by Celine, suede coat by Mango, bag by Chloe (also here), gold earrings by Melissa Joy Manning, diamond buffalo by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen.

May 12, 2015

How we roll…

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Summery temperatures have finally started showing in London, though I wouldn’t dear leaving the house just yet without a throw on or a warming knit. Speaking of the latter, this cashmere piece have certainly proved it’s value and juicy tag. Never have a single piece been recycled and loved as much as this one in my wardrobe. While you might have tired of it by now, I never will, which again proves to me that investing thoughtfully in your wardrobe really does pay off in the long run. It’s not rocket science, but if you’re a knit girl, invest in the best knits, same goes for dresses, shoes, jeans, or what else closest to your heart, and play around with the rest from high and low.

Skirt by Raey, cashmere knit by Celine (similar style in cotton by Victor Alfaro here), sandals by Tibi, bag by Chloé (also here), diamond necklace by Marlene Juhl Jørgensen.

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April 28, 2015

HEDVIG x NET-A-SPORTER

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We all need it at some point, to take a few solid steps back, escape all usual surroundings, change of scenery and routines, take deep breaths and lower our shoulders. Speaking for myself, and presume for many others, the challenge is finding the time. For as much as we love glorious beach holidays with friends and exploring exciting cities over weekends, I wouldn’t necessarily call it charging batteries, unless it’s somewhere completely remote and silent that puts things in perspective, but by the time you return to high speed normal life hopefully you’re missing the buzz too.

For me that escape is heading back home to were I grew up in the North of Norway, and while spending my Easter there for all outdoor activities than can be offered, I again teamed up with Net-a-Porter’s lifestyle section , Net-a-Sporter, that offers the best selection of crossover lifestyle and sportswear there is. At higher altitudes than last summers beach run, my favourite local photographer Rune Dahl, captured a hiking trip in the mountain I grew up and basically skied before I could walk, Narvikfjellet.

Not wanting to splurge on whole new wintery gear so late in the season I put together a few allrounder pieces that I will be using for other than alpine surroundings as well. This rash guard for instance will be my faithful companion come water-sport season, and waterproof boots can walk me anywhere in British outdoor life. Anyway, we don’t always need to justify our sartorial choices right, even on a mountain (!), these sunnies speak for themselves…

Rash guard top by Orlebar Brown, cotton leggings by The Row, shell jacket by Mover, suede/leather boots by Sorel, sunglasses by Illesteva.
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April 17, 2015

Fire, air, earth, water…

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Carefree, relaxed 70’s waves have somehow managed to sneak into everything what my own sartorial choices go lately. Personally the lightness fits my own state of mind and vision perfectly these days, or at least how I wish it to be, maybe a subconscious therapeutical thing. I’ve even let my hairdryer rest recently and let unruly natural curls out. After never pictured myself in flower power and being particular boho, I might need to eat my own words by July…

Suede coat by Mango (also here), velvet jeans by MiH (in denim here and here), silk blouse by Mayla Stockholm, bag by Chloe (also here and here), boots by Jimmy Choo, watch by Isabel Marant.

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